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Local children, parents attend safety camp

Maugansville fire company prepares youths for trick-or-treating

Maugansville fire company prepares youths for trick-or-treating

October 31, 2005

On Wednesday, the Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co. taught some local children the importance of following safety rules while trick-or-treating.

The program is an effort by local volunteer firefighters to help give children information that will help them to make good choices, according to a press release from the fire company.

Children and their parents were taken to the Maugansville Little League field across the street from the fire company. To ensure the children got across the street safely, firefighters with safety vests and lighted batons stopped traffic so the participants could enter the ball field parking lot, the press release stated.

At the ball field, the children saw a mock accident scene. Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co. Lt. Joe Goodrich explained the scenario to the children, saying that while trick-or-treating, a sister and brother were struck by a car when they crossed the street without looking for traffic.

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Children participating in the safety program heard an actual dispatch for a child struck by an auto. A paramedic unit and a rescue squad from the Maugansville Fire Station arrived and children were able to see the work firefighters and paramedics do when faced with such an emergency, according to the press release.

Firefighters explained what paramedics were doing as the children watched. The patient with the least injuries was loaded into the back of the awaiting ambulance. A Maryland State Police helicopter, Trooper 3, landed at the ball field to take the more critically injured patient.

The three Maryland State Police crew members on the helicopter also spoke to the children participating in the safety program. The troopers explained the use of the Maryland State Police helicopters in an emergency. Children were able to view the inside of the helicopter and ask questions of the crew.

Later, children watched a fire safety video, and the night ended with a review of the accident scene and the safety rules that children should follow near roadways.

The Maugansville Fire Department Fire Prevention Committee also provided each child that participated in the event with a flashlight to be used while trick-or-treating.

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